A walis tambo is a traditional broom made and used in the Philippines. It is one of the most basic brooms still in existence, but it is still a sufficient cleaning tool for pinoy households. Over the years, the tambo has faced stiff competition with the invention of modern brooms. The Swiffer broom and models like it seem to be the biggest competition of all. How does the tambo stack up to its modern day counterpart? Let's find out…
Since the walis tambo is a reed broom, it can be a little rough on hard wood floors at times. The reeds used in the tambo are soft, so they do not do as much damage as those of some other Filipino brooms. Nevertheless, you may find less wear with a Swiffer over time, depending on what sort of floors you need to sweep.
There is something appealing about the culture behind the tambo that makes it seem more effective, even if it may not necessarily pick up as much as some Swiffers do. When you think about the hard work that goes into creating a walis tambo, you can't help but use one just to show your respect to the pinoy men and women who sacrificed their time to make the broom. A Swiffer is impersonal, no matter how well it may clean the home. You could find the charm of the tambo enticing over time.
Most people do not realize just how much money they have to spend to keep up a Swiffer. When you add up the cost of the broom itself and the pads you need to change regularly, it can be a highly expensive cleaning solution for your home. If you use a Swiffer Wet Jet, then you also have to add in the cost of batteries and cleaning solutions. If you are living on a budget, a tambo may be the most logical solution for you.
Tambos are also better for the environment than Swiffers are because they do not create any waste with pads and accessories. The brooms themselves are made by real people in small factories, not by wasteful machines that pollute the air as they make the brooms. You will be the only one who can determine which option you like better, but at least now you have a good idea as to how the tambo stacks up against the competition in the modern world.